Philip Emeagwali is a computer scientist/geologist who was one of two winners of the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, a prize from the IEEE, for his use of the Connection Machine supercomputer – a machine featuring over 65,000 parallel processors – to help analyze petroleum fields.
Philip received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Oregon State University in 1977. He received a master's degree in environmental engineering from George Washington University in 1981, and another master's degree in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1986. He also received a post-master's degree in ocean, coastal and marine engineering from George Washington University in that year.
In 1989 Emeagwali received the Gordon Bell Prize, based on an application of the CM-2 massively-parallel computer for oil-reservoir modeling. Over the past years, he has received numerous further awards and recognitions based on his Bell Prize win, ranging from one from the World Bank-IMF Africa Club to being voted the "35th-greatest African (and greatest African scientist) of all time" in a survey by New African magazine.
His achievements were quoted in a speech by Bill Clinton as an example of what Nigerians could achieve when given the opportunity.